Looking for a family car? Volvo V40 ranked safest family car 2016

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The Volvo V40 hatchback has been rated as the Safest Used Family Car 2016, in a new initiative aimed at raising the importance of safety for used car buyers

The new rankings have been compiled by Co-op Insurance, in conjunction with car safety experts Thatcham Research and road safety charity Brake. Research conducted by Co-op Insurance found that only four per cent of car buyers listed safety at the top of their buying priorities.  By far the most important factor for used car buyers was price, with safety ranking only tenth.

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Thatcham Research – the UK’s world-class crash test research centre – came up with a formula to rank affordable family used cars in terms of their safety features.  The qualifying criteria were price (no more than £15,000 on the used car market), CO2 emissions (no more than 120g/km) and a five-star EuroNCAP rating. All of the cars ranked in the top ten are current models, with the formula  considering a used car to be at least one year old.

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UK’s Top 10 safest used family cars

Make and Model Year
1 Volvo V40* 2012
2 Volkswagen Golf 2012
3 Nissan Qashqai 2014
4 Peugeot 308 2013
5 Vauxhall Astra 2015
6 Mazda 3 2013
7 Mercedes-Benz A Class 2012
8 Honda Civic 2012
9 Mazda CX-5 2012
10 Fiat 500L 2014

* with optional safety pack

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